LAHORE, Oct 26 (APP):Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Ehsan Mani
said on Friday that a cricket committee has been formed by the PCB Governing Board, to assist and advise him in relation to important
cricket and its allied matters.
He announced the formation at a news conference here along with
Chief Operating Officer PCB Subhan Ahmad, three former captains of
Pakistan cricket including Mohsin Khan, head of the committee, Wasim Akram, Misbah-ul-Haq and one former Pakistan women cricket captain,
Ex-Officio members include Zakir Khan, Director International
Cricket, Haroon Rasheed, Director Domestic Cricket, and Mudassar
Nazar, Director Academies.
On the direction of the Chairman PCB, Subhan Ahmad explained
the terms of reference of the committee: which are, to review the
plans for promotion and conduct of game of cricket at all levels,
formulate playing conditions for domestic matches, oversee appointment
of Selection Committees, oversee appointment of National Team Coaches,
meet the Chief Selector and Coach (Men, Women & Junior) three times
He said the committee has also been asked to review plans for the development of umpires, referees and curators.
“It will also receive annual assessment of performance from
management on umpires & referees and will also oversee the preparation
and quality of pitches besides looking into the condition of playing facilities (dressing rooms, practice facilities including net
wickets,” he said adding “the committee will also give views views on any other matter referred by the Chairman PCB.”
To a question, Subhan said made it clear that this committee has no decision making power and it has been established to guide PCB Chairman on important cricket matter/ issues.
“There is no time frame set on the continuation of the
committee,” he said.
He said the selection committee will remain the same and it will continue to work in its previous independent role and changes are not being made in it.
Chairman PCB said he as far the appointment of the Pakistan team is concerned it is being done through a process and obviously his (Chairman) nod will be the final in this regard.
Ehsan Mani rejected a questioner that he has taken u-turn on the participation of Pak players in the T10 league and finally granted permission to them.
“Prior to issuance of NOC to our players we conducted a detailed investigation from our own sources and Emirates Cricket Board and then from the ICC which gave us firm assurance that there will be no threat (cricket corruption) of any kind to our players in their participation in the
league,” he added.
Chairman of the committee, Mohsin said he has accepted the job to serve Pakistan cricket as he has served the game of cricket in the past with utmost honesty and professionalism.
“We will be making joint efforts for bringing overall improvement in Pakistan doming all the things on merit,” he said adding “We have the best team (committee members) with us to help elevate Pakistan cricket.”
“This committee will be under the direct scrutiny of the Chairman PCB and he can question on our any decision,” he said.
Wasim Akram said the committee will bring improvement in the Pakistan cricket , also in the structure of the first class working on the guide line of “ quality more than quantity.
“We will also be bringing improvement in women cricket that is why we have a former women cricket captain in the committee,” said the former swing king.
“I will continue my responsibility as cricket commentator as well and adjust myself according to the need of Pakistan cricket,” he said.
To a question, he said ,he believes that there are no restrictions on him in the light of the Justice Qaayyum report which probed match fixing scandal two decades ago and PCB has given him a clean chit in this regard by including him in the committee.